Shi-animal-atsu(TM) for dogs

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Jacqueline performing shi-animal-atsu on Majic's shoulder.
When we witness adverse behaviour patterns or ill-health in our animals it means that their bodies are experiencing disharmony and discomfort often leading to musculo-skeltal problems including chronic and subtle lameness and stiffness.

Of all the animals on earth we ask more of the horse and dog than perhaps any other animal, therefore putting them at risk of emotional and muscular weakness problems.

What is Shi-animal-atsu(TM)?
Shi-animal-atsu is a style of shiatsu developed by Jacqueline Molony for animals only, a form of acupressure, a sister therapy to acupuncture. Instead of needles we use our hands, using gentle pressure, stretches and articulations to bring about beneficial changes

Muscles all have jobs to do
It takes many muscles working together to produce a supple, balanced movement in the body of the dog. The flexor muscles contract to make their joints articulate. The joint is then straightened by contraction of the corresponding extensor muscles. The abductor muscles carry the limb away from the midline of the body whilst the adductor muscles bring the limb towards the body. From this you can see how everything works in partnership and balance to bring about successful movement.

The first signs of the dog’s body struggling to function correctly are muscle soreness, stiffness or pain, to also include behavioural problems through their bodies discomfort and pain and in some cases all of these combined.

"I brought my dog Prince to Jacqueline at Roseheart
Kingdom in Shropshire after my vet could do no more
for him, he had been off his back legs for weeks, my vet was ready to anaesthetise him but I was not ready for this,
he was not ready to go yet. Within several treatments Jacqueline had Prince up on his feet again. It is a miracle,
an amazing miracle what she can do, I would more than recommend Jacqueline to help your dog."
(May Dixon, Director, Cambrian Woollen Mill,
Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales)

Jaqueline working on Snowy

May Dixon with Prince

Some of the things that Shi-animal-atsu can help your dog with:

  • Crying out when getting up
  • Biting or yelping with no apparent reason or cause  
  • Difficulty climbing stairs or getting into cars
  • Signs of discomfort when being stroked
  • A reluctance to exercise
  • Back pain and in many cases a sore back that cannot be touched
  • Stiffness or pain after exercise
  • Lameness after a fall or accident where alternative causes have been ruled out
  • Uncharacteristic changes in behaviour, performance or temperament
  • Unpredictable behaviour
  • Anti-social behaviour
  • Nervousness
  • Isolation problems
  • Training problems
  • Unable to be stroked or touched around the head and ear area
  • General weakness
  • Flinching away and biting when being touched
  • Limb-dragging or odd, irregular action
  • Recurrence of symptoms
  • On prolonged medication with no real long lasting effect

What are the benefits of shi-animal-atsu?
Among the many benefits are: early recognition and treatment of problems before they escalate: treatment and elimination of musculo-skeletal problems such as chronic and subtle disease to include stiffness, maintaining suppleness, reducing susceptibility to injury, maximising physical potentials, activating the immune system, stimulating the circulation, the nervous system and the release of hormones, including endorphins, the bodies own natural painkiller, alleviating emotional problems such as stress, frustration, anger, nervousness and anxiety.

"Shi-animal-atsu is an alternative to medication for many dogs’, click here for treatments"

How does shi-animal-atsu work?
Our bodies as well as our animals have a natural source of energy that flows along energy pathways called ‘Meridian lines’, these meridian lines relate to all major organ functions. The Meridian lines take energy from muscle to organ and vice versa. If a meridian line becomes damaged either by accident, birth, over work or just general wear and tear, then the energy flow becomes weak or non existent. This is repaired by gently stimulating the bodies natural healing, stretching the meridian line and pressing the energy points helping the body to become aware of its own imbalances. 

The meridian lines on the dog

Interested in working with dogs as a career? To find out how you can, visit the course page where you like many others can help dogs too.

'Learning could not have been made easier, visit the course page for further information on the courses available for dogs and horses.’

Working on Majic's jawline.

Activities with Horses & Dogs can be dangerous. Do not attempt any therapy techniques without proper education or supervision. Jacqueline Cook Molony and the establishment of Roseheart Kingdom is not liable for unqualified practitioners applying healing techniques or the improper use of any therapy techniques which may result in injuries sustained by a horse, dog or human in the practice of them.

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